Swedish Health System Board of Trustees
Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chair
Kristen Swanson joined the Swedish Board in January 2015. She is Dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University. She previously served as Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the UNC‐Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Academic Affairs at UNC Hospitals. Her research focuses on caring, responses to miscarriage and interventions to promote healing after early pregnancy loss. Her caring theory has been used to guide practice, education, and research in schools and health‐care settings around the world. She was the first Virginia Mason Medical Center Distinguished Nurse Scholar. She has been a visiting professor in the United States, England, Thailand, Taiwan, and Sweden, and is frequently invited to consult on strategies to create and sustain a culture of patient centered caring in health care settings. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, an advanced leadership initiative for nurses in senior executive roles who aspire to lead and shape the future U.S. health care system.
Robert M. Andrews (Rob) was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He founded Northwest Retail Partners, Ltd. in September of 1992 and Verus Partners, LLC and Verus Holdings in April of 2005 (a Real Estate development company with an office in Seattle and Phoenix which currently has developments in various stages in the states of WA, OR, CA, AZ and MT). Andrews Holdings was established in 2015 as a holding company for various investments.
Andrews’ more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate includes strategic planning, market penetration, retail development and leasing, project planning, and disposition. Andrews continues to provide long‐term counsel/representation to a number of prominent companies including Whole Foods Market, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Cost Plus World Market and Nordstrom Rack.
Andrews owns and (or) is developing office, retail and residential properties in excess of 2 million square feet. Prior to founding his various companies, Andrews worked with CB Commercial Real Estate Group, specializing in a variety of areas including finance, property management, appraisals, commercial real estate sales and leasing.
Andrews, through Andrews Holdings, is also a partner/investor in 8 area restaurants, including The Wild Ginger (Seattle & Bellevue), The Triple Door, El Gaucho Steak House, Aqua and The Hardware Store on Vashon Island. Recently Andrews Holding purchased 15 acres of vineyard property in Walla Walla.
Andrews is a trustee of Swedish Health Services, a five hospital system where he serves on both the Capital/Finance and the Governance/Nominating committees, in addition to sitting on the board for Optimum Energy and the Wild Ginger Holding Company.
Rob received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. He enjoys fly fishing, hunting, skiing and currently resides in Seattle. Rob and his wife Janie have been married 20 years and split their time between Seattle and Vashon Island. They have twin 18 year old boys. Jackson attends Occidental and is a pitcher on the baseball team. Nicholas attends the Business School at Seattle University and is a student coach/manager on the basketball team.
Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN
Bobbie Berkowitz is the Dean and Professor Emerita of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Washington School of Nursing where she served on faculty for 14 years.
Prior to her appointment as Dean at Columbia she was the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington. Her primary research relates to public health systems, health disparities and health equity. Her major grant funding includes the NIH Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities Research (PI) and PI and Director of the National Program Office for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Turning Point Initiative. Previous appointments include Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Health and Chief of Nursing Services for the Seattle‐King County Department of Public Health.
Dr. Berkowitz has served on a number of boards including Hanford Environmental Health Foundation, Washington State Board of Health, Washington Health Care Commission, Washington State Academy of Science, New York Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Public Health Foundation and chair of the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative. She is past President of the American Academy of Nursing and currently serves as a member of the Report Review Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Board of Trustees for Swedish Health System in Washington State, the Advisory Board of the University of California Health System Board of Advisors and the University of Washington School of Nursing Board of Advisors. She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Case Western Reserve University and Master of Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington.
Rick Cantu, Redapt, Inc., CEO, President, & Co‐Founder
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Naomi G. Diggs, MD
Dr. Diggs is a practicing physician specializing in the care of acutely ill hospitalized patients. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine where she also completed her Internal Medicine residency.
As the Executive Medical Director of Swedish Hospital Medicine, Dr. Diggs leads a large group of physicians and APCs caring for patients across all five acute care campuses. She is a leader of several system initiatives including improving the care of patients with sepsis and optimizing patient flow.
Dr. Diggs has been an active member of the Medical Staff since 2012 and has appointments on the First Hill Campus Executive Committee and the Medical Quality Review Committee. She was awarded the 2018 Rod and Nancy Hochman Physician Executive Scholarship and is currently completing her Executive Leadership MBA at Seattle University.
Dr. Diggs and her husband, Matt are the proud parents of two young children. They love to spend time in the outdoors, especially in Montana where Matt’s family has roots.
Cheryl Gossman, MHA
Cheryl Gossman has served in various roles at Swedish including past chair of the Quality and Safety committee and past chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. She has been on the Board of Governors since 2005 and the Board of Trustees since 2008. She serves on the following Board committees: Board Quality Committee, the Finance committee and served on the Patient Experience committee. With the Board of Governors, she serves on the Executive committee and served on the Campaign Leadership Council and the Women and Children's Advisory Council. She has 15 years’ experience in physician practice management. Gossman has a master's degree in health‐ care management from George Washington University. Ms. Gossman is founder of Marilyn’s Gift, a gift giving business. She is also active in the Katy McKay Circle of Association for Catholic Childhood.
R. Guy Hudson, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Swedish Health Services
Dr. Guy Hudson serves as chief executive officer of Swedish Health Services, where he guides the vision of one of the Puget Sound region’s largest nonprofit health care systems. Dr. Hudson oversees the strategic direction and operations of the organization, ensuring that Swedish delivers on its mission of serving the needs of everyone in the community. He works closely with the organization’s leaders and caregivers to provide the highest‐quality care to Swedish’s patients and create a respectful workplace that values the contributions of every employee. Dr. Hudson assumed this role in early 2017.
During his tenure at Swedish, Dr. Hudson has served in various leadership positions across the organization. He joined Swedish in 2007 as a pediatric urologic surgeon and quickly began leading outreach and programs that transformed Swedish pediatric services. Dr. Hudson stewarded initiatives that improved caregiver engagement, patient care and operational workflow. Through his dedicated work with the pediatrics practice, Dr. Hudson developed a deep understanding of primary care, the emerging population health movement and the complexities of the acute care environment – learnings that inform his stewardship of the organization into the future.
Dr. Hudson was named chief of physician services for western Washington in 2016, focusing on medical group operations in the areas of provider engagement, patient satisfaction, and financial, operational and quality performance. Previously, Dr. Hudson served as Swedish Medical Group’s chief medical officer.
Dr. Hudson came to Swedish from an academic practice at Oregon Health & Science University. He completed a fellowship at the University of California San Diego and a residency at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hudson has been recognized multiple times as one of Seattle’s and Portland’s Top Doctors, and he received the Patients’ Choice Award Compassionate Doctor Recognition from 2011 to 2014. He is passionate about delivering care to patients in areas that are medically underserved, including providing surgical care to children in Africa and serving as a Guatemala service representative with Providence Health International. Dr. Hudson serves on the Greater Seattle Partners Executive Council and is a member of the Community Development Roundtable of Seattle.
Jessica Hughes, Chair, Swedish Foundation Board of Governors
Jessica Hughes is vice chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. In addition, Jessica serves as chair of the Board Governance Committee, which has a critical role as the Board readies itself for the challenges of the future. Jessica joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in 2011 and serves as the Board of Governors’ representative on the Swedish Board of Trustees.
Jessica Hughes was born and raised in Seattle and has made it her home most of her life. She has had careers in both commercial real estate and banking/finance here is Seattle. She was heavily involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has spent six years on the Bertschi School Board. Jessica is currently a member of the Epiphany School Board.
Jessica has a deep appreciation for Women and Infant services at Swedish having spent five months in all parts of it caring for her infant son who was born prematurely. She now believes that miracles do happen but knows that her son wouldn't have made it home without the amazing skill and care of Swedish physicians and staff.
Jessica and her husband Tom live in Seattle and are proud parents of two sons.
Monica Pool Knox, MBA
Monica Pool Knox provides leadership to Microsoft’s cultural transformation initiatives through creating solutions that enable the organization to fully leverage the capabilities of it’s talent. In her role, Monica leads Microsoft’s global Career Management initiatives focused on internal talent movement, individual development planning, career planning, goal setting and org‐wide capability. In her role, she also leads the Talent Architecture practice, developing MSFT’s internal Talent Profile and other AI enabled data frameworks that facilitate activities such as talent movement, targeted learning, onboarding and mentorship. Prior to joining Microsoft, Monica was based in San Francisco where she led human resources for Global Media, Sales and Brand Strategy at Twitter.
Prior to Twitter, Monica held a number of senior HR roles with Sony and CBS Interactive, leading HR organizations in Marketing, Sales and Engineering businesses. Throughout her career, Monica has held executive HR positions at Fortune 50 companies including those previously mentioned, PepsiCo, The Walt Disney Company and Verizon. She has worked both in the US and Puerto Rico, leading HR for Verizon Wireless International in San Juan, PR. In addition to her professional roles, Monica has worked internationally through her non‐profit endeavors in Israel, Brazil, Nicaragua, Ghana, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and Mexico. She is a dual US/German citizen and is bilingual in Spanish.
Most recently, Monica was named to the Board of Directors of Swedish Health Systems in Seattle. She also serves on the Board of Howard University’s School of Communications and the DreamSmart Academy, a non‐profit organization that builds leadership skills and financial acumen for young adults in moderate to low income communities. She was also recently named as one of the 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), an organization consisting of some of the country’s most influential senior business executives focused on developing black C‐Suite and Corporate Board Directors.
With more than 25 years of experience in high performance organizations, she is often sought after as an industry thought leader and speaker on Talent and Leadership. She was recently interviewed by Forbes Magazine and published in their article, The 3 Ways HR organizations can Help their Companies Grow, featured in MSN.money’s (Portugal/Brazil) Management and Business Growth and interviewed as a featured guest on Jacob Morgan’s Future of Work podcast, The Changing Nature of People and Organizations.
Monica is a Consortium for Graduate Studies alumn with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in Marketing and BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Communications.
Diankha Linear, JD
Diankha Linear is a senior executive with more than 20 years leading across highly regulated technology, logistics, and retail industries. Her career reflects proven success in developing, driving, and executing on business strategies for Fortune 500 companies and technology startups. She also brings board governance experience having served as an officer on numerous boards and through advising corporate boards, including the environmental, social, and corporate governance, executive, compensation, and audit committees.
Diankha is currently a corporate officer and early member of the executive team at one of Seattle’s fastest growing tech startups and most efficient digital freight network, Convoy, Inc. At Convoy, she serves as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary executing on the organization’s corporate transactions, including Seattle’s largest venture capital financing transaction in over a decade ($400M;$2.75B valuation), regulatory affairs, people initiatives, compliance strategy, and other large scale initiatives centered around market disruption and hyper-growth scaling.
Prior to joining Convoy, Diankha spent nearly a decade in leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies, Nordstrom ($15B) and Expeditors International of Washington ($8B), where she drove global growth objectives, corporate deals/M&A transactions, people planning, risk management/enterprise-wide compliance programs, and innovative business solutions for complex international regulatory challenges. The early years of her career were spent as big firm antitrust, complex commercial, constitutional, and employment law counsel. Diankha is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Washington.
Ms. Linear’s strategy and leadership expertise is built on 16 years of military education and training, where she served as an Army (Airborne) Logistics & Transportation, Civil Affairs - Special Operations Forces Unit, and Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer. She is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.
Throughout her career, Diankha has been an active leader and advocate for equity, youth, and education. She currently serves as a trustee, officer and executive committee member of Rainier Scholars, an organization that has created transformational educational opportunities for highly motivated aspiring college students. She has also served as board chairperson of Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King County, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, and the Loren Miller Bar Association. Diankha was recently featured as a Daring Woman on the December 2020 cover of Seattle Business Magazine.
R. Omar Riojas, JD, Vice Chair, Chair of Nominating & Governance Committee
R. Omar Riojas joined the Swedish Board in March 2015. He is a partner at Goldfarb & Huck Roth Riojas, PLLC. Omar concentrates in complex and high stakes commercial litigation in state and federal court, including complex business and tort litigation, securities, consumer, and wage‐and‐hour class actions, and corporate governance litigation. Omar also has experience in litigation concerning employment, insurance, financial institutions, and real estate. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court.
Omar has been recognized by Washington Super Lawyers as among “The Top 100” attorneys in Washington. He has also repeatedly been named a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers. Omar has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation.
Prior to forming Goldfarb & Huck, Omar was a business litigator at large defense firms (DLA Piper and Heller Ehrman). Omar graduated from Stanford Law School and from the University of Washington with distinction. Following law school, he was a Judicial Extern Clerk for the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Stanley D. Savage, MBA, Chair, Finance & Capital Projects Committee
Stanley D. Savage joined the Swedish board in December 2012. He is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Commerce Bank of Washington, N.A., and chairman of The Commerce Bank of Oregon. Both banks are subsidiaries of Zions Bancorporation, where Savage serves on the Executive Management Committee as an executive vice president. Savage has more than 35 years of banking and management experience. Savage received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington, a master’s in business administration from University of Southern California and is a graduate of the London Business School Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management. His present civic activities include serving on a number of not‐for‐profit and business‐related boards including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, ArtsFund, Seattle Repertory Theatre Foundation and the Seattle Art Museum.
Tanya Sorensen, MD
Tanya Sorensen, MD joined the Swedish Board in 2018. She is a practicing maternal fetal medicine physician at Swedish and has been Swedish’s executive director for Women’s Services since 2014. As co‐director of the Swedish Center for Perinatal Studies (1993‐2016) and clinical faculty at the University of Washington, she authored or co‐authored over 60 peer‐reviewed research publications. She served on the executive committee for the Washington State Obstetric Association for five years. She has been a member of the Providence‐affiliated Institute for Systems Biology scientific advisory board since 2016. At Providence she serves on both the Women and Children’s Leadership Council and the Research Leadership Council. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. She and her husband have two adult daughters, both living in Seattle.
Jennifer Spence, MD, FAAFP, CPE
Jennifer Spence joined the Swedish Board on January 1, 2020. Currently, Dr. Spence is the system chief of staff for the Swedish Unified Medical Staff. She also is the chair of the system Medical Executive Committee for Swedish’s Ballard, Cherry Hill, First Hill and Issaquah campuses. From 2013‐2015, Dr. Spence served as the chief of staff‐elect for the Swedish Issaquah campus and chief of staff from 2015‐2017. Her role of past chief of staff runs through 2019, and she has served as System chief of staff‐elect from 2018‐2019.
Dr. Spence attended the University of California at Davis for undergrad and the University of Louisville, Kentucky for medical school. She returned to the West Coast for Residency at Swedish First Hill in Family Medicine. From there she started a private practice in Issaquah.
When Swedish opened the new hospital in Issaquah in 2011, Dr. Spence was part of the opening day team, joining SMG at Swedish Issaquah Primary Care, and served as medical director of the clinic there for 3 years. In her practice, Dr. Spence sees a full spectrum of family medicine patients and serves as a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students for various universities.
When not seeing patients, Dr. Spence spends time with her husband and five kids, serves as a Girl Scout leader, which she has done for 13 years, and is an advocate and speaker on topics on adoption and Foster Care.
Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of Global to Local
Jonathan R. Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H. is CEO of Global to Local, a Seattle‐based nonprofit whose mission is to advance health equity and improve health in U.S. communities through application of best practices from around the world.
Prior to his service at Global to Local, he served for nearly two decades as President and CEO of Qualis Health, a Seattle‐based non‐profit recognized as a national leader in population health. Dr. Sugarman regularly serves as an advisor for government and private sector quality measurement and improvement initiatives. He is a frequent speaker to regional and national audiences on topics related to healthcare quality and accelerating healthcare transformation through implementation of models such as the medical home. He has authored over 90 papers and book chapters on topics such as diabetes mellitus, health problems of American Indians and quality of care among Medicare beneficiaries.
He has served as a leader in a number of professional organizations, including as President of the American Health Quality Association, President of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality. He served on the Executive Committee of the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.
Dr. Sugarman is a graduate of Harvard College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He serves as clinical professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington.